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Wenham Early Origins



The surname Wenham was first found in Suffolk at Great Wenham (Wenham-Combustor) or Little Wenham, villages and parishes that date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where they were collectively listed as Wenham. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name possibly means "homestead or enclosure with pastureland" from the Old English "wynn" + "ham." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Little Wenham is home to Wenham Castle, a castellated manor house, one of the oldest houses in England built by John de Villabus in the 13th century. One of the first records of the surname was found in Surrey in the year 1194 when William and Hawise Wenham held estates in that county.

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Wenham Spelling Variations


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Wenham Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wenham, Wenam, Wennam, Wennum, Wenum and others.

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Wenham Early History


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Wenham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wenham research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1525, 1455, 1487, 1730 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Wenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wenham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wenham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Jane Wenham (died 1730), generally regarded as one of the last witches in England; her trial took place in 1712 and was reported widely in printed tracts of the period. She was convicted, but the judge...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wenham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wenham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Wenham, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Wenham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Wenham, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Robert Wenham, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Emily Wenham, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • Mary Ann Wenham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850

Wenham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Wenham, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • John Wenham, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wenham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wenham (post 1700)



  • John William Wenham (1913-1996), English-born, American Anglican Bible scholar
  • Jane Wenham (b. 1927), English actress who from 1957 to 1961 was married to the actor Albert Finney
  • Kelly Wenham (b. 1983), English actress, best known for her starring role in the 2013 film Dracula: The Dark Prince
  • Francis Herbert Wenham (1824-1908), British marine engineer
  • Brian Wenham, British Controller of BBC Two (1978-1982)
  • Stuart Wenham (b. 1957), Australian director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics at the University of New South Wales
  • ZoŽ Wenham (b. 1994), British auto racing driver
  • Revd Dr David Wenham (b. 1945), British theologian and author, son of John Wenham
  • Gordon Wenham (b. 1943), British Old Testament scholar and writer, son of John Wenham
  • David Wenham (b. 1965), Australian actor, best known for his role as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Wenham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wenham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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